Israeli law expert appointed to UN human rights committee
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Israeli law expert appointed to UN human rights committee

Hebrew University professor Yuval Shany becomes second Israeli to serve on prestigious panel

Yifa Yaakov is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Dr. Yuval Shany, international law expert at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will soon serve on the UN's Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). (photo credit: Flash90)
Dr. Yuval Shany, international law expert at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will soon serve on the UN's Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). (photo credit: Flash90)

An Israeli law expert has been chosen to become a member of the UN’s Human Rights Committee, Israel’s mission to the UN announced Thursday in a press release.

International law expert Yuval Shany, 43, currently serves as dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“The selection of Professor Shany, an Israeli law expert with an international reputation, is an achievement of the [Israeli] mission to the UN and a cause for pride,” said Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, following the announcement.

“It is a testament to the appreciation shown toward Israel and proof that with hard work we achieve impressive results, in spite of the very difficult opening conditions” Israel’s UN mission has faced, Prosor added. “Our goal is to put Israel’s knowledge and expertise on the UN map and place Israelis in key posts.”

The Human Rights Committee, operated under the aegis of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, brings together independent experts to monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, according to its website.

Shany will be the second Israeli to be appointed to serve on the committee. The first was David Kretzmer, a law professor and human rights activist who was a founding member of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (1972).

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